Today, Thursday, the Iraqi Ministry of Planning revealed the most important reasons that prevented the conduct of the general population census in the country, while noting that the census during the current year was supposed to be electronic.
The ministry's spokesman, Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi, told the "National News Center" website that "there were preliminary procedures prior to conducting the population census in November of 2010, but the political problems and the issue of the disputed areas were the reason for not implementing it."
And Al-Hindawi said, "In 2019, there was a decision by the Council of Ministers to assign the Ministry of Planning to conduct the population census in 2020, and we completed all the necessary procedures in preparation for its implementation, but the double crisis represented by the outbreak of the Corona virus, the decline of the Iraqi economy, as well as the lack of approval of the budget, immediately without carrying out the general population census of the country.”
He explained that "after not approving the 2020 budget, the government issued a decision to move the census implementation project to 2021, and in light of this, the ministry completed all its preparations, related to mapping and securing the communications network, to conduct the census electronically and not on paper."
Al-Hindawi added, “The lack of financial allocations requested by the Ministry of Planning in the current year’s budget was a major obstacle to not conducting the population census,” revealing “the approval of the Council of Ministers to include the necessary financial allocations in the 2022 budget bill, in order to conduct the census in the year.” next.”
He pointed to "the ministry's need to secure the necessary electronic environment, and to purchase and equip 100 tablets, in order for the enumerators to use them in conducting the population census, in addition to the ministry's need to conduct numbering and inventory operations and pre-tests to decide on the census project, as well as building a data center."
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